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Neutering is the name for a veterinary procedure which offers a humane and permanent solution to unwanted litters and the chronic over population of companion animals in this country. It is one of the hallmarks of responsible pet ownership. Neutering also improves your pets’ health by reducing or eliminating risks of certain cancers and other diseases. Your pet is also less likely to develop unwanted behaviours such as roaming, spraying and fighting with other dogs or cats.

Read our Neutering guide for much more detail about the benefits of the procedure.

Neutering appointments are available at our Community Veterinary Clinic Monday to Friday. Please call 020 8962 8017 or email vetclinic@mayhewanimalhome.org to make an appointment, check prices, or ask for further information.

Also known as spaying, castrating, desexing, fixing or sterilising, neutering improves your pet’s health by reducing or eliminating the risk of certain cancers and other diseases. It is a simple, quick and low risk operation and is performed on every animal adopted from Mayhew.

The operation is relatively straightforward and most animals will be in and out of our Community Veterinary Clinic within one day. The Mayhew neuters cats from the age of 8 – 9 weeks and dogs from the age of 12 weeks, making an assessment before the procedure in each case.

And you don’t have to adopt from The Mayhew for us to neuter your pet. The Mayhew offers a range of free and low cost neutering schemes for the general public without restriction.

Free Neutering Programmes

Free Bull Breed Neutering

Mayhew is proud to offer a free Bull Breed neutering service for status dogs that are associated with overbreeding. However, we are a charity Veterinary Clinic and so in order to qualify for this service your dog must have the physical characteristics of a Bull Breed or a Bull Breed cross. Even if you are sure your dog has Bull Breed parentage your dog will only be eligible for free neutering if he or she has the physical characteristics of a Bull Breed.

The scheme also incorporates other bull breeds such as the English Bull Terrier, American Bulldog, Bull Mastiffs and the Presa Canario. French Bulldogs are eligible for low-cost neutering but not free neutering. If you are unsure, please call us on 020 8962 8017 for advice.

Please note that the decision of the Veterinary Surgeon admitting your dog on the day of surgery will be final. If they decide that your dog is not an eligible Bull Breed or Bull Breed mix you will be asked to pay for neutering. This price is heavily subsidised by Mayhew and is at a low cost.

If you wish to have your Bulldog neutered but it does not fit the criteria detailed above please call us on 020 8962 8017 for advice.

We were the first charity to introduce a free Bull Breed neutering scheme since 2006 to help reduce the chronic overpopulation of these breed types and stem the number of unwanted dogs arriving at rescue centres. The scheme is free to all but The Mayhew is grateful for any donations that can be made towards the cost of the surgery, enabling us to continue this vital programme.

C4 Scheme

The C4 scheme, established in 2002, is a joint initiative by major animal charities working in Greater London to tackle the problem of too many cats. Mayhew’s Community Veterinary Clinic is a participating practice in this scheme. You are eligible for free neutering if you live within this area and i) you own the cat and receive State benefit, State pension, Council Tax benefit or Housing benefit; ii) you are a full time student; iii)you are on a low household income; iv) the cat is a stray you have been feeding for at least 14 days. Proof that the owner is eligible has to be provided on the day of the appointment.

Low Cost Neutering

Low-cost neutering appointments are available for all other dogs, cats and rabbits.

Neutering appointments are available at our Community Veterinary Clinic Monday – Friday. Please call 020 8962 8017 or email vetclinic@mayhewanimalhome.org to make an appointment, check prices, or ask for further information.

We also offer a free Pick & Snip scheme for cats only. We collect cats, bring them to our clinic for neutering and return them.

Myths and facts

MYTH: My pet will become fat and lazy

FACT: Females may have a tendency to put on weight after being neutered but this can be easily managed by reducing their food intake and more exercise.

MYTH: It is better to let my pet either mate or have one litter first

FACT: Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, the evidence shows that females spayed before their first season are typically healthier. Reproduction is a biological event in cats and dogs – they do not yearn for a family in the way humans do.

MYTH: My pet is too young now – I’ll leave it until he/she’s a bit older

FACT: Dogs and cats can be neutered from an early age. The younger the animal, the quicker the operation and the faster the recovery.

MYTH: I'll find good homes for all the puppies and kittens

FACT: You may find homes for your pet’s puppies and kittens. But you can only control what decisions you make with your own pet, not the decisions other people make with theirs. Your pet’s puppies and kittens, or their puppies or kittens, could end up living on the streets, being runover, injured or destroyed. Mayhew never destroys a healthy animal, but not all rescue centres have our ethos.

MYTH: But my dog (or cat) is so special, I want a puppy (or kitten) just like her

FACT: Your pet’s puppies or kittens are highly unlikely to be a carbon copy of your pet. Even professional breeders cannot make this guarantee. There are so many animals in shelters waiting for homes that are just as cute, smart, sweet and loving as your pet.

MYTH: Neutering may affect my dog's emotional identity

FACT: Pets don’t have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change a pet’s basic personality. They don’t suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered.

MYTH: I want my dog to be protective in the home

FACT: It is a dog’s natural instinct to protect home and family. A dog’s personality is formed more by genetics and environment than by sex hormones.

MYTH: I can't afford to have my pet spayed or neutered

FACT: Mayhew and other rescue centres and organisations in the UK run low cost neutering programmes. Mayhew also offers a free bull breed neutering service. Check your area for low cost centres. Alternatively, adopt an animal from a rescue centre, as the pets are often neutered prior to adoption.